Nuggets strength coach Steve Hess makes overseas house call

by Aaron Lopez

Danilo Gallinari’s recovery from knee surgery continues to progress across the Atlantic.

As part of Gallinari’s rehabilitation program, Nuggets strength and conditioning coach Steve Hess traveled to Italy to work with the Denver forward. Gallinari missed the 2013-14 season while recovering from a torn ACL, but is on track to return next season.

Gallinari and Hess have developed a strong relationship since Gallinari arrived in Denver in February 2011. In past seasons, Hess and Nuggets assistant coaches have flown to Italy to touch base with him during the offseason.

Gallinari was cleared for basketball activities in May and planned to practice with the Italian national team this summer. He will not take part in the 2014 FIBA World Cup as he keeps his focus on returning for Denver’s training camp in October.